GP appointments: Radio caller who lost wife urges more home visits
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An emotional LBC caller broke down while explaining how his wife passed away, claiming she “would have been saved if the doctor had paid a home visit”. GPs across the UK have been facing increasing pressure to resume face-to-face meetings with patients after a large chunk of activities became remote at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Calling on Nick Ferrari’s daily LBC show, Anton from Bromley said: “Regarding the doctor’s appointments, I lost my wife three months ago.
“Actually, she had cancer.
“And once she developed very severe pain, and I called my GP, and I explained to the GP.
“And in fact, I begged them to stay home with it, and to advise me to take her to the cancer unit straight away or not.”
He continued: “But the GP-What he did was like, he sent a rapid service, a nurse.
“And she came and did a check and took the temperature.
“And eventually when I took her to the A&E when she collapsed, eventually to the cancer unit, her cancer had spread to the brain.
“The doctor was telling me statistics show 10 million online consultations. That’s utter rubbish.”
He added: “It’s not effective. It’s no point getting a consultation.
“My wife could have been saved or treated much earlier if that doctor had paid a home visit.
“Which I was entitled-I checked on NHS England, and it clearly said at that time that doctors are supposed to make home visits for the people who can’t come to the facility.
“But it’s not happening. And even today, surgeries are only taking appointments by phone.”
GPs in Wales have asked for more funding from Westminster to improve GP booking systems.
Many patients expressed frustration with accessing GP care.
One respondent said: “Numerous times we have phoned our surgery at 8am and it takes at least an hour to get through, to be told there are no appointments and ring back tomorrow.”
“When you’re working, that’s not easy to do. Then you have to wait for 15-20 minutes [for an answer] which is difficult.
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